#97: The Art of Stress-free Productivity w/ David Allen

By August 4, 2016 No Comments

When it comes to productivity tips and getting things done, there is no one else on the planet better equipped to share insights than David Allen.

David Allen is the New York Times Bestselling author of “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free productivity.”

Productivity is something that either makes you feel accomplished or completely overwhelmed.

Many people struggle with achieving their goals because they aren’t sure where to start. With the GTD methodology, you’ll be able to identify what matters most to you and how to organize all the ‘to-do’s’ in a way that will help you feel more in control than ever before.

One big takeaway from this episode is that productivity isn’t just about getting things done. It’s about living a stress-free life. One of the reasons that stress is often related to the idea of productivity is because people are intimidated by time, and not feeling in control of what goes in it. They have a lack of focus.

David’s productivity tips are best encapsulated within 5 areas.

The Five phases of the GTD (Getting Things Done) Methodology:


It’s important to take some time and list out all of the things that you think are important. There are no holds here. Get everything out of your brain and onto a piece of paper. This will help you move through the other four steps of the process so that you can identify the most important things that need to get done.


Once you’ve listed out as many items as you can think of, you need to get clear on why they are important to you. For example, some items on your list will have obvious importance (picking up your children from school, or picking up the dry cleaning before the special event you need to attend, etc.) As you pursue this process of getting clarity, it may suprise you how many items your brain is holding onto without any merit to do so.


Now that you’re thinking clearly and focused about the items on your “to-do” list, it’s time to start organizing them. Some items may be important, but not high-urgency. Perhaps they are best placed in a task manager or your reminders app. That way they are properly stored somewhere that you don’t need to think about them at this moment in time.


Since life is constantly changing, it’s important to review your list at least once per week to make sure that you are still on track. Perhaps items that weren’t as important have increased in urgency. Taking time to reflect on your list of items is crucial to getting things done and maintaining low or no stress.


Knowing without doing is useless. You must engage and do something in the sequence that you’ve created in order to make sure that all items are attended to. By following the GTD methodology, you’ll be able to accomplish more at the right time by managing your focus than ever before in your life.

According to David’s website, “The heartbeat of GTD is five simple steps that apply order to chaos and provide you the space and structure to be more creative, strategic, and focused.

Whether in your automotive career, or personal life, the GTD methodology is a perfect way to get control and live a more fulfilled life than you’ve ever thought you could live.

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